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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump answers questions in Spencer, Iowa Dec. 5, 2015. The candidate has drawn sharp criticism for suggesting a ban on Muslims entering the country.
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I’m David Deforest reporting.

Trump gains opposition.

Republican U.S. presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is drawing rebukes from across the world for proposing a total ban on Muslims entering the United States. Trump said the ban should be in effect until the country's leaders can (in his words) "figure out what is going on" about possible new terrorist attacks.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Tuesday called Trump's rhetoric "offensive and toxic.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation says the husband and wife who killed 14 people and wounded 21 in the U.S. state of California practiced shooting before the attack and had been radicalized "for some time."

Federal officials say Tashfeen Malik pledged allegiance to an IS militant leader in a Facebook post and her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, had contact with individuals linked to terrorist groups.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he is hopeful that talks will be held next week on ending the war in Syria. Speaking after a meeting with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in Paris, Kerry said the talks, scheduled for December 18 in New York, will depend on events in the coming week, including a Saudi-led conference of the Syrian opposition.

A South African judge has granted bail to Oscar Pistorius.

“The applicant is released on bail of 10,000 rand. Accused, submit to the house arrest.”

The Olympic athlete appeared in court Tuesday to hear whether he could remain under house arrest while awaiting new sentencing. An appeals court last week convicted him of murder in the 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

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Words in This Newcast

Rebuke –v. to speak in an angry or critical way

figure out –v. to understand or find something out

rhetoric –n. language that is intended to influence people

toxic –adj. a poisonous substance

radicalize –v. to become radical or extreme

allegiance –n. loyalty to a person, country or group

grant –v. to give legally or formally